Frat pack makes UK debut

By Marcus Dysch, May 26, 2011

Raise the subject of university "frat packs" and students are most likely to quote lines from the Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn cult film, Old School.

But now Jewish students in Britain can experience the reality of fraternity life for themselves.

Based in Nottingham, Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity Upsilon Kappa Alpha Chapter, is the first Jewish fraternity in Britain. It has 17 "Founding Fathers", including former Nottingham JSoc members and CST volunteers.

It was set up with the help of fraternity leaders from Indianapolis in America. Zeta Beta Tau was formed in 1898 and was America's first Jewish fraternity. It has more than 140,000 members worldwide.

Darren Wogman, one of the founding fathers, said the new chapter would provide an opportunity for like-minded individuals - irrespective of race or religion - to "bond, take part in social action projects and provide a support network for members extending into academia and post-uni life".

The fraternity's motto is "a powerhouse of excellence". Monthly brotherhood events will include paintballing, go-karting and participation in sports events.

Last updated: 11:11am, May 26 2011